Monday, January 26, 2015

new stencil

working on a new set of stencils: bears!
here's a couple of process shots, testing, and adjusting. subtle adjustments, but they make a difference…

i try to keep the stencils for my regular wares pretty simple… so think i will leave them with just these highlight lines added for the time being. partly as they are slow to cut (even though this winter i have been blessed with a studio assistant who cuts lovely stencils for me!), and though they are reusable they do eventually wear/tear…

Thursday, January 22, 2015

adventures in sgraffito

well, as much as i should be making mugs to restock after a fabulous xmas season… i am working on some large platters in WHITE!! clay. my dad asked if i would like to put some pieces into a photo show he is having at the gage gallery in february…so i said why not? and then i said what am i thinking? my work doesn't really mesh with his… and so after much pondering i thought to try some sgraffito pieces based on his photos. and so that's what i have ben working on and here are some process shots

this one is in process...

this one is finsihed and bone dry, ready for the bisque

this one is my finished test piece. you can see i was testing some colour on the bottom with a wash. still pondering whether to finish with colour on all pieces, or keep black and white, or some of each.....

Monday, December 8, 2014

west coast winter

just rainy, west coast wintery thoughts….

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Show of Hands

Please come and check the one seasonal market i am doing this year!

oh, and if you aren't able to make it to cobble hill for the show, but you are bopping around victoria, i will have my studio gallery open nov. 22 & dec. 5 from 10-3!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

going round

I have been really getting into making plates.
it's not that i don't make plates, i just don't usually make that many.
for years i have made small platters that are square, rectangular, and oval using hump moods. i like them, i like hand building and i think they are very sweet. but, i think, because of their shape, often people wonder what they are for. in my mind they are for serving food, but of course what something is used for is up to the user, and i know many of them are serving as soap dishes…
in any case is have started making more plates on the wheel.
regular, round plates.
and then sets of plates.
dinner plate, side plate.
and then large platters with deep feet and holes for hanging on the wall. i had the idea to do a show of large commemorative bicycle platters. maybe that will come to pass, maybe not, but i am hooked on the round plates and platters these days.
and no one asks me what they are for…
here are some snapshots:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

mugs & markets

first of all here's where you can find me this Saturday!

and there you will some some of the mugs from the previous post, now finished….and much more, naturally

Friday, September 19, 2014

oh the merry mug

tis the season for making mugs.
while to some the christmas season may still seem far off, for those of us in the business of making and selling handmade, we've already been ramping up for awhile…
here's a few studio shots, from an afternoon of mug making.
thanks goodness for the sun, which speeds along the drying of the slip in such a lovely way. will be missing that soon, as the days get damper and i have to resort to the heater under the plastic for drying things in any kind of timely fashion…